More unrest in New Caledonia after protest leaders extradited

Pro-independence protesters in New Caledonia set fire to buildings, including a police station and a town hall, in a new wave of unrest in the French Pacific territory, after jailed protest leaders were extradited to France.

The High Commission in Noumea, which represents the French state in the archipelago, said Monday that "several fires were extinguished" overnight, Sunday to Monday, particularly in Ducos and Magenta, adding that "the premises and vehicles of the municipal police and private vehicles" were set on fire.

Protesters had also set fire to the town hall in the Koumac commune and destroyed areas in Paita.

Many schools were closed Monday morning, due to the renewed unrest.

Anger erupted over the extradition to the French mainland of seven independence activists indicted last week for their role in allegedly orchestrating riots last month.

'Colonial tactics'

Protests broke out in May over a proposed electoral reform that Indigenous Kanak people feared would leave them in a permanent minority.

(with newswires)

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